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Mar 28, 2009

Mokutan-Charcoal and Shadow Shot Sunday

On my walk last week, I passed by a shop dedicated to charcoal. Japanese have several uses for it. Some restaurants will place it in water to assist with water purification and your digestion. Or I see it decorating the shelf which helps to prevent dampness in the room. I bought two sticks about the size of my palm. I was surprised to discover that they are heavy, maybe the same weight as a dessert bowl. I just love how they look and have them sitting on my shelf.

There are subtle shadows between and throughout the charcoal.
Mokutan - Charcoal

For more shadow photos, please visit Hey Harriet's blog.

18 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Great Shadow Shot! Thanks for sharing!

Sweet Repose said...

How clever and what a neat shelf sitter these are, perhaps to clear the air too.

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

You always share such artistic shadows. I really envied your work.

Thanks for sharing this to us.

Great job.

Have a nice Sunday.

Jeri said...

Very creative shots and very interesting description.

M.Kate said...

Nice, even for subtle shadow..have a great weekend.

The Summer Kitchen Interiors said...

What fun! And to think that we take charcoal for granted - as just a means of art & writing!

Hey Harriet said...

I like your charcoal shadows. I didn't know it could be used to prevent dampness in a room. That's handy to know. Thanks for sharing the wonders of charcoal :)

BLOGitse said...

i like simple, clean, pure photos - like this!

whizkid said...

what an amazing photo..!

Rosebud Collection said...

Beautiful shot..You could frame this picture, very interesting.
Years ago, I remember my mom mixing charcoal powder with water and drinking it..Isn't it funny, I forgot about that, till I read your blog. Happy SSS..

Gallery Juana - ギャラリー ワナ said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by.

Rosebud, what a coincidence! I had heard about the powder.

Raven said...

What a beautiful shot with it's subtle shadow. I never thought of charcoal as a dampness absorber. Interesting.

Lisa B. said...

Looks very cool...great shot! I would not have imagined it were very heavy either.

Meka said...

Wow! Who knew charcoal could be so beautiful? Super photo!

fly tie said...

very striking photo! drawing with charcoal is so fun.

Chris Stone said...

love the picture.... is it good for drawing?

PJ said...

I'm sorry I missed this, it sounds fascinating. How long does the charcoal hold up, as a humidity magnet?

Gallery Juana - ギャラリー ワナ said...

Hi PJ, I am not sure how long these will last. It's my first time to buy them. I will probably go bac to the shop and get more. I'll be sure to ask the shop owner your question.

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